Weighing the Week Ahead: A Time for Investors to Act

The economic calendar is a light one in sharp contrast to last week’s. That was a good time to observe the market reaction to a wide range of news. Now is the time for investors to use the information.

What actionable investment ideas have become more attractive?

Last Week Recap

In my last installment of WTWA, I provided a framework for analyzing market expectations on a hectic week for news. The financial media was not so organized, taking the topics on the fly – as usual. They did express surprise at some of the market moves. If you had my matrix handy, you could check reactions against it. I appreciate the reader feedback on this approach – mostly quite positive. It was a perfect illustration of the significance of knowing what to watch for.

I was a bit surprised by the result, but it leads nicely into the coming week’s news and opportunities.

Personal Note

I am off to an investment conference next weekend, so I probably will not publish an installment of WTWA. If possible, I’ll update the indicators and take note of some highlights.

The Story in One Chart

I always start my personal review of the week by looking at a great chart. This week I am featuring Jill Mislinski’s version which packs in plenty of information without sacrificing clarity.

The market gained 1.5%. The trading range was the same 1.5%, since Thursday’s low equaled last week’s close. You can monitor volatility, implied volatility, and historical comparisons in my weekly Indicator Snapshot in the Quant Corner below.


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